al·​ma·​nac | \ ˈȯl-mə-ˌnak How to pronounce almanac (audio) , ˈal- How to pronounce almanac (audio) \

Definition of almanac

1 : a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given year and often including a miscellany of other information
2 : a usually annual publication containing statistical, tabular, and general information

Examples of almanac in a Sentence

an almanac of town news
Recent Examples on the Web Check out the almanac’s moon-tracking calculator for the best times to see the Strawberry Moon in the Portland area. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 That is because the site is perhaps the most accessible and widely used baseball almanac, visited by fans, players and front office executives alike. James Wagner, New York Times, 15 June 2021 The almanac notes that other Native American cultures have traditional names for May’s full moon, including the leaf-budding moon, egg-laying moon and frog moon. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 26 May 2021 But key pieces of his writing have endured the test of time: In 1791, for instance, Banneker included a handwritten advance copy of his almanac in an impassioned letter to then-Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 Wet soil holds as much as four times more heat than dry soil, according to the farmer's almanac. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Apr. 2021 Next, figure out your average last frost date by consulting an almanac or asking your local nursery. Laura Duerr,, 26 Mar. 2021 In Finland, the University of Helsinki maintains a national almanac of name days for people, cats, dogs and horses. Linda Kinstler, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 The Hagerstown almanac is now the second-oldest in the country. Jonathan M. Pitts,, 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of almanac

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for almanac

Middle English almenak, from Medieval Latin almanach, probably from Arabic al-manākh the almanac

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“Almanac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of almanac

: a book published every year that contains facts about the movements of the sun and moon, changes in the tides, and information of general interest
: a book published every year that contains detailed information on a special subject


al·​ma·​nac | \ ˈȯl-mə-ˌnak How to pronounce almanac (audio) , ˈal- \

Kids Definition of almanac

: a book published yearly that contains facts about weather and astronomy and other general information

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